About the Challenge

Increasing the effectiveness of international development to more aggressively tackle issues such as economic growth, climate change, and health challenges us to consider new ways to organize, network, and leverage our knowledge. Knowledge management approaches such as communities of practice, collaborative tools, talent locators, and online knowledge repositories have flourished over the last decade, with marked expansion over the last five years.

While many believe that more knowledge-driven programmatic approaches are inherently better, most organizations lack the evidence to clearly and compellingly demonstrate the impact of their KM investments. The KM Impact Challenge was designed to initiate a dialogue and process of shared learning. It has served as a springboard to increased peer-networking and collaborative action. The initial set of activities included an online call to practitioners around the world for short case stories to share their experiences, successes, and challenges in assessing their KM activities. The case stories were put through a transparent peer review process and top case story authors and other KM practitioners participated in an unConference in Washington, DC in May 2011. The KM Impact Challenge team is working on the publication of the case stories for distribution to a wider audience as well as setting the stage for the next steps of the initiative, so stay tuned. The case story synthesis report and the unConference proceedings can be accessed on the post-conference materials page.

Challenge Submissions

  1. Ex-ante evaluation of improved cassava varieties on gender relations in Migori district, Kenya
  2. UNDP Bolivia promotes democratic governance through web 2.0 platform
  3. The Power of a New, Web-Based Collaborative Tool to Deliver Essential Information to Health Professionals in Developing Countries
  4. The HRH Global Resource Center: Strengthening the Global Health Workforce through KM
  5. Providing Academic Support and building Life Skills of children from poor families
  6. Preventing HIV/AIDS among Rickshaw Pullers in India through Knowledge Managements
  7. Participatory Video for Monitoring & Evaluation in Community Based Adaptation to Climate Change
  8. Measuring the Impact of Learning Events and Publications
  9. Measuring impact of Knowledge Sharing Trainings within an organization
  10. Marine Protected Area Management Capacity Building Program for the Gulf of California
  11. Managing Technical Knowledge for Global Staff
  12. Knowledge Sharing for Democracy Assistance
  13. Knowledge sharing among multiple partner organizations and country offices
  14. Improving the Social Value of Knowledge for Women Entrepreneurs
  15. Improving Malawi’s Health Through Knowledge Management
  16. Global Health eLearning Center: Learning and Evolving
  17. Fostering Research and Scholarship through Knowledge Sharing Activities
  18. Evaluation of the IKM Emergent Research Programme: taking a complexity perspective to evaluation
  19. EthnoCorder: An Innovation in Mobile Data Collection and Use
  20. Documenting the documentation processes
  21. Diagnosing processes of K4D
  22. Connecting researchers from the Global South to those with the power to make a difference
  23. Connecting Arid Lands Communities With Knowledge
  24. Breaking the Walls of a KM Class Room with YouTube
  25. Achieving employee retention through "T3RET" Knowledge Management initiative
  26. You cannot manage sustainability if you cannot measure it
  27. UNICEF Communities
  28. Zambia’s HBC Food Security Project “Safety Nets for HIV/AIDS- Infected and Affected”
  29. The CGIAR Knowledge Sharing Project, 2004-2006: Phase 1 Evaluation Results
  30. Activating the Primary Agents of Change in Ethiopia (APACE)
  31. International Volunteering/Voluntourism – Do it yourself Foreign Aid
  32. e-Sri Lanka Project---Wisdom Outlet (NENASALA)
  33. Africa Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (AKTP)
  34. Africa Knowledge Management Awards
  35. Linking Policy and Practice-The ECDPM "Weekly Compass"
  36. Evaluation of a Pilot Phase of Cultivating Knowledge Sharing Networks and Communities
  37. Institutionalization of agricultural knowledge Management System for Digital Marginalized Rural Farming Community
  38. Mentorship - performed by Silvia Souza and Gisele Ferreira (Brazil)
  39. Agency-Wide Knowledge Management System
  40. Measuring impact of interactive and networking events such as Knowledge Share Fairs
  41. Potential for training local communities on adaptation to climate change
  42. Factors contributing to uncontrolled Diabetes mellitus and hypertension
  43. Cultivating KM practices in a large School District
  44. Innovative Knowledge transfer through radio
  45. The Ivory Tower
  46. Tacit and Explicit knowledge on African Fatherhood
  47. Involving Damodar Mahila Mandal Sangh (DMMS)- The Federation in SRI Promotion
  48. Class, Caste and Housing Rights in Pakistan
  49. Agricultural Value chain development
  50. The more we use the knowledge, the more we gain
  51. Decades of KM-enabled health records put to use in South Sudan
  52. Women in Transition
  53. Enviornment Challenges; Kandalama Heritage Hotel in Sri Lanka
  54. People-managed and Owned Savings and Credit: An Alternative to the Conventional Microcredit Concept and Practice
  55. Water Management Reforms: A case of Women As Guardians
  56. Fire Management Learning Community
  57. Assessing Innovations in International Research and Development Practice
  58. Preserving Heritage in a Technological Society

Challenge Blog

SUBMITTED BY Marie-Ange ON August 18, 2011 - 4:20pm | COMMENTS (0)

Stacey Young of USAID reflects on the complexity of measuring the impact of Knowledge Management activities and discusses some of the lessons learned from the KM Impact Challenge.

Stacey Young, USAID


SUBMITTED BY Louise Clark ON June 1, 2011 - 2:24pm | COMMENTS (0)

Louise Clark of the KM Impact Challenge team shares some reflections on the key themes and discussions that took place during the meeting

SUBMITTED BY Jeff Kwaterski ON May 24, 2011 - 6:07pm | COMMENTS (0)

Grantmakers for Effective Organizations is co-sponsoring a conference that many KM Impact Challenge members may find relevant.  This year the focus is on evaluation and learning.  You can link to the event web page and event blog here:

The following is an excerpt from their web site:

SUBMITTED BY pierandrea ON May 6, 2011 - 3:37pm | COMMENTS (0)

Chris Addison and Luz Marina Alvare offered participants in the KM Impact Challenge unConference an indepth look at how IFPRI is collecting and analyzing qualitative and quantitaive data in terms of web traffic and social media engagement.